Coronavirus: Maharashtra govt extends lockdown till May 3


The Maharashtra government on Friday extended the lockdown in the state in view of the rising cases of coronavirus till May 3. The decision was taken to keep the state in sync with the Central government’s decision to extend the lockdown.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had extended the lockdown till April 30 but extended it further till May 3 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14 extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3.

As the lockdown in the state has been extended till May 3, a list of activities in the state would remain in the prohibited list.

Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta issued the extension order on April 15.

Under this, all domestic and international air travel of passengers, all passenger movement by trains, buses for public transport, Metro rail services, inter-district and inter-state movement of individuals except for medical reasons or security reasons stand cancelled.

All educational, training, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed till the lockdown in Maharashtra is lifted.

All industrial and commercial activities, hospitality services will remain suspended other than those specifically permitted under these guidelines.

Movement of taxis (including auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws) and services of cab aggregators will not be permitted.

All cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls will remain closed.

All social-political sports/ entertainment academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ other gatherings will not be permitted.

All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for public and religious congregations will continue to be strictly prohibited. In the case of funerals, a congregation of more than twenty persons will not be permitted.

Hotspots guidelines

Coronavirus hotspot areas will continue to be demarcated as containment zones. In these areas, there shall be a strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no unchecked inward/outward movement of population from these zones except for maintaining essential services, the order states.

All essential activities in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry and the supply chain will continue in the hotspot areas.

There is a long list of industries that will be allowed to work with skeletal staff. The movement of vehicles for goods transportation has been made easier to help businesses. Also, agriculture produce markets will open among other things.

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